This year’s World Sight Day fell on 13 October 2016. The theme for the day was #StrongerTogether and focused on encouraging eye care health professionals and the public to become more aware of vision impairment and blindness globally. There are 39 million people across the world who are blind, with 246 million having moderate to severe visual impairments. These figures are huge, yet research shows that 80% of visual impairment is avoidable.
Free NHS Eye Test
Here in the UK we are privileged in that a number of different groups of people are entitled to a free eye health check courtesy of the NHS. These include:
- children under the age of 16
- 16-18 year olds who are in full time education
- adults over the age of 60
- glaucoma sufferers
- the partially sighted or blind
At Optimum Vision Clinic our routine eye examinations feature exactly the same tests whether the patient is paying privately or receives a free examination through the NHS. Our examinations don’t just test how well you can see, but more importantly will also check the health of your eyes, helping to identify any potential conditions which may worsen in the future.
Book an Appointment
At Optimum Vision Clinic we understand that for many of our patients, life is very busy and it can be hard to think about fitting in additional appointments at a time to suit you. This is why we are open at 8.30am for two mornings per week, and appointments are available until 7.00pm on a Thursday. Bookings can also be made for Saturday mornings, so there really is no excuse not to get an appointment in the diary and to keep on top of your eye health.
World Sight Day highlighted the importance of taking good care of our eyes by attending routine eye examinations which can identify potential conditions which may affect our sight. In the UK we are lucky enough to have a wide range of opticians available in every town and city, but it is down to individuals to pick up the telephone and make an appointment.